Monday, April 27, 2009

Chronic Pain And Computing

It is important for pain sufferers to practice safe computing. Using your computer with improper posture, incorrect keyboard and monitor setup, or even the wrong type of chair, can cause pain and stress to anyone, especially a chronic pain sufferer. If you are a chronic pain sufferer and a blogger it is especially important to make sure that your blogging does not contribute to your torment.

Everyone should make their work setting as comfortable as possible. Many times our bodies will trick us, make us feel like we are comfortable, when we really are not. This is why computer users get sore necks, back pain, eye strain, and carpel tunnel. These things can take time to develop in normal people, but suffering from chronic pain is anything but normal.

Stick with me, for the next five posts (Subscribing is good too!), as I share some of the keys to shaping a pain free computing environment.

Most of us buy our computer furniture based on price or looks, but not ergonomics. It's important to remember that standard furniture cannot accommodate the needs of everyone. If you are taller, you may need to have your work surface raised somewhat; a shorter person may need a footrest.

The desktop work surface should have a matte finish to minimize glare or reflections. The area beneath the desk should be clean and tidy to provide the user’s legs with plenty of room and allow for stretching. If a fixed-height desk is used, add a keyboard tray that adjusts vertically to provide added adaptability.

If you share the work area with others, go ahead and spring for adjustable furniture.
The pain you save may be your own.